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Guilt and Mistakes

The basic freedom we have in life is the freedom to make mistakes.  If we can’t make (reasonable) mistakes and learn from them, what freedom do we really have? “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My girlfriend likes to say: “The first time it is an accident, […]

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Teaching with Creative Indifference (or Impartiality)

Creative Indifference A good gardener creates the conditions for growth of a garden, but cannot force the flowers to grow in an exact way.  The good gardener creates the conditions and accepts what arises. The bad gardener fights what arises.  The bad gardener hacks and chops and fights against the natural growth of nature. The […]

Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War

I came across a wonderful series of explanation videos on youtube this morning (sometimes random internet clicking has its benefits!).  Kurz Gesagt, a Munich based design studio founded by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether in 2013 creates 5 minute animated explanations on some of the most complex topics there are.  Here are 4 of my […]

Am I someone people can believe in?

If life’s journey is like a bus ride: there are drivers, and there are passengers. (there are also conductors, there are navigators, there are engineers…) There are a lot more passengers on the bus than drivers. What does it take to be a driver? The drivers are people that passengers can believe in.  Who do […]

15 Questions To Ask Your Kids To Help Them Have Good Mindsets

David William wrote this post at Lifehack, but I find that I have gone back a couple of times now to find these questions.  I was on a bike ride along Tibidabo mountain last night with my daughter (8) and I asked her a couple of these questions.  I get some profound answers. Jim Collins […]

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Bertrand Russell’s ten laws of teaching

This list was shared via email by my Dad today: Bertrand Russell’s ten laws of teaching Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worthwhile to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed. When you […]

The 3 Worst Things that We Learned as Children

Was school good for me?  I do believe so. There are some very positive values that were inculcated in me through the way the teachers dealt with us, the stories we were told, the structure of the school:  compassion, gratitude, sharing, discipline, respect, charity, hope, love. The 3 Worst Things We Learned As Children However, there […]

How Often Do You Really Face Reality?

“All organisations need a discipline that makes them face up to reality” Peter Drucker What got us to today’s success will not keep us here.  No activity will remain effective for a long time without modifications.  Eventually every activity becomes obsolete. The ability to stop doing things that no longer serve is vital: in my life, in […]

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9 Reasons why you are Stuck

9 Reasons Why You Are Stuck You don’t have a compelling enough vision Your habits aren’t serving you You haven’t invested in improving yourself Poor relationships You’re cheap You’re worried about your weaknesses You’re filling your time You’re managing the wrong things You’re asking “do I feel like doing this?” You don’t have a compelling […]

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How to Be a Good Mentor

The Art of Mentorship I just posted a short presentation to slideshare: The Art of Mentorship 3 Types of Mentor Sponsor (or Advocate) – puts their reputation on the line and takes responsibility for your personal success. Protege = “one who is protected”. Protege must do everything in his power to make the sponsor look […]

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